Earlier this week, I had the honor of joining Gov. Greg Abbott at the Governor’s Mansion for a reception honoring the recipients of the Governor’s University Research Initiative awards. So far, Texas A&M has received roughly two-thirds of the awards from this fund, which was created by the Texas Legislature in 2015 to help us recruit nationally and internationally acclaimed researchers and their teams to public research universities in our state. These funds have provided a critical boost to the efforts we began in 2013 with our Chancellor’s Research Initiative, which also sought to recruit Nobel Laureates and National Academy members to Texas A&M.
Four of our GURI recipients were on hand to thank Gov. Abbott and be celebrated by him. These individuals are leading experts in fields relating to national security, smart grid cyber security, nanomaterials and theoretical quantum optics. In addition to educating our students, but they will build a research infrastructure at Texas A&M that will attract even more high caliber faculty as well as private businesses to improve our state’s economy.
The Austin American-Statesman featured one of our Aggie professors in their coverage of the push to keep making the smart, strategic investment in the GURI program. I hope you will take a minute to read the story.
By: Ralph K.M. Haurwitz